All-Western Iowa volleyball: Season for Adams, Carroll Kuemper was one to remember

All-Western Iowa volleyball: Season for Adams, Carroll Kuemper was one to remember
Carroll Kuemper’s Aimee Adams, No. 2, averaged 3.66 kills while hitting .418 and also had 362 digs as she helped her team win the school’s first state volleyball championship. The South Dakota recruit is the captain of The World-Herald’s large-school All-Western Iowa team. jeff storjohann/For the World-Herald

For the Carroll Kuemper program, everything fell into place in 2018.

After losing in the Class 3-A state semifinals for three consecutive seasons, the Knights trailed Osage 13-11 in the fifth set of their semifinal match before rallying for a 15-13 win.

In the finals, Kuemper dropped the first set to Tipton before rebounding for a four-set victory to claim its first state championship.

The Knights’ leading hitter, South Dakota recruit Aimee Adams, captains The World-Herald’s star-studded large-school All-Western Iowa squad. The other captains are senior Sydni Huisman of Treynor in 2-A and junior Alex Knop of East Mills in 1-A.

The 6-foot-1 Adams becomes a three-time, first-team All-Western Iowa selection. The lefty averaged 3.66 kills per set while hitting at a .418 clip. She added a .929 serving percentage with 24 aces and developed into a reliable back-row player, totaling 362 digs to rank second on the team. Kuemper finished 45-1.

It’s hard to find a more well-rounded player in western Iowa than Treynor’s Huisman. The 5-8 senior averaged a team-best 5.03 assists per set in the Cardinals’ 6-2 attack. When in the front row, she averaged 2.15 kills per set, which was third on the team, along with a team-high .341 kill efficiency. Huisman served at a .945 clip with 34 aces, led the team in blocks with 58, and ranked second in digs with 330. Treynor (33-8) reached its first state tournament since 2012, falling to eventual champion Hull Western Christian in the quarterfinals after winning the first two sets.

In Class 1-A, East Mills’ Knop led her school to state for a second straight season and repeats as a first-team selection. She ranked fifth in her class with 4.46 kills per set while maintaining a .340 kill efficiency. Knop served 52 aces with a .902 efficiency, and she also led the Wolverines with 295 digs. East Mills finished 28-6 after dropping its state opener to Le Mars Gehlen.

The newspaper selected two, six-member teams in each of the three divisions. In all, 14 girls make repeat appearances.

Senior Camryn McClintock of Sidney is on an All-Western Iowa first team for a third straight season after earning second-team honors in 1-A as a freshman.

Two of the area’s top senior liberos, Jaden Daffer of Sidney and Maggie Wettengel of Council Bluffs St. Albert in 2-A, become three-time All-Western Iowa honorees. Daffer made the first team this season and Wettengel the second team.

In 1-A, Ar-We-Va senior Emilee Danner makes her second straight first-team appearance after picking up second-team recognition as a sophomore.

Two others move up from last year’s second team to their respective first unit this year: Clarinda senior Taylor Wedemeyer in 5-A/4-A/3-A (she was in 2-A last season) and CAM senior Madison Gettler in 1-A.

Five more are on their respective second team for a second consecutive year: Shenandoah’s Kealey Anderson and Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Madison Harms in 5-A/4-A/3-A, Treynor’s Konnor Sudmann in 2-A and Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Cassidy Baker and Fremont-Mills’ Sophie Phillips in 1-A. Tri-Center’s Brooklyn Hundt is on an All-Western Iowa team for a second straight year.

The All-Western Iowa selections are based on nominations by coaches and a look at statistical information, along with observations made by World-Herald staff writers.

Class 5-A/4-A/3-A

First Team

* Aimee Adams

6-1 • Sr. • Carroll Kuemper

Elaina Bohnet

5-8 • Jr. • CB Abraham Lincoln

Kenzie Foley

6-0 • Jr. • Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Kara Peter

6-3 • Jr. • Carroll Kuemper

Taylor Wedemeyer

5-7 • Sr. • Clarinda

Megan Witte

6-1 • Jr. • CB Lewis Central

Second Team

Kealey Anderson

5-11 • Sr. • Shenandoah

Sam Christiansen

5-6 • Jr. • CB Abraham Lincoln

Madison Harms

6-2 • Sr. • Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Nicole Jacobson

6-0 • Sr. • Sioux City Heelan

Maci Overmohle

5-9 • Sr. • Carroll Kuemper

Sophie Walker

5-11 • Jr. • Red Oak

Class 2-A

First Team

* Sydni Huisman

5-8 • Sr. • Treynor

Jaden Daffer

5-1 • Sr. • Sidney

Olivia Larsen

5-5 • Jr. • Sidney

Camryn McClintock

5-7 • Sr. • Sidney

Olivia Maassen

5-9 • Sr. • Tri-Center

Allie Petry

5-6 • So. • CB St. Albert

Second Team

Lilly Dahir

5-7 • Sr. • Tri-Center

Kelsey Hobbie

5-9 • Jr. • Sidney

Brooklyn Hundt

5-10 • Sr. • Tri-Center

Konnor Sudmann

5-8 • Sr. • Treynor

Macy Vanfossan

5-11 • So. • Underwood

Maggie Wettengel

5-6 • Sr. • CB St. Albert

Class 1-A

First Team

* Alex Knop

5-9 • Jr. • East Mills

Emilee Danner

5-10 • Sr. • Ar-We-Va

Dezirae Drake

5-5 • Jr. • East Mills

Jessica Fokken

5-11 • Jr. • Boyer Valley

Madison Gettler

5-9 • Sr. • CAM

Shelby Stephenson

5-6 • Sr. • CAM

Second Team

Cassidy Baker

5-4 • So. • Coon Rapids-Bayard

Savanna Moffett

5-8 • Sr. • Stanton

Tara Peterson

5-7 • So. • Stanton

Sophie Phillips

5-9 • Sr. • Fremont-Mills

Sara Schurke

5-6 • So. • Ar-We-Va

TJ Stoaks

5-8 • So. • Lenox

* — denotes honorary captain

Class 5-A/4-A/3-A

Mallory Badding, Carroll Kuemper; Abigail Bender, OA-BCIG; Alyssa Derby, Atlantic; Kylee Eickholt, Sioux City North; Delaney Esterling, CB Lewis Central; Kelsey Fields, Creston; Mia Gamet, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Emma Harmelink, Sioux City East; Hailey Hoogers, Sioux City North; Logan Hughes, Shenandoah; Chloe Johnson, Red Oak; Lexi Johnson, Red Oak; Taylan Keefer, CB Abraham Lincoln; Chloe Kramer, Sioux City East; Emma LaFleur, Sioux City Heelan; Morgan Lihs, Clarinda; Rylee Ludwig, Carroll; Alex Mohr, Denison-Schleswig; Taylor Mohr, Carroll; Olivia Petersen, Harlan; Elle Scarborough, Glenwood; Maya Schmidt, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Brielle Smith, Glenwood; Elle Sneller, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Kirstin Sykes, Sioux City East; Julia Wagoner, CB Abraham Lincoln; Liz Zobel, OA-BCIG;

Class 2-A

Gabrielle Cadwell, IKM-Manning; Kayla Chapman, Treynor; Alexis Christians, Logan-Magnolia; Carter Crispin, Missouri Valley; Isabelle Inman, Southwest Valley; Makenna Jarosz, Sidney; Alesha Johnson, CB St. Albert; Macie McCall, West Monona; Emma McDonald, Tri-Center; Paige Osweiler, AHSTW; Emily Recher, CB St. Albert; Zoe Rus, Underwood; Jentry Schafer, Southwest Valley; Kinsey Scheffler, AHSTW; Lexi Shike, Nodaway Valley; Mia Shipley, Treynor; Bailey White, CB St. Albert; Kate Wise, AHSTW.

Class 1-A

Jadyn Achenbach, Riverside; Brittney Beebe, Griswold; Rachel Drake, East Mills; Kaelynn Driskell, Fremont-Mills; Chloe Gilgen, West Harrison; Leslie Luft, Ar-We-Va; Makinna Russell, Bedford; Hannah Whitver, Glidden-Ralston; Katelyn Winnett, Coon Rapids-Bayard.

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